Easy to moderate because the trail is relatively flat, with gradual ascents and descents, but includes full days of mushing with longer than average daily mileages (~25 miles). On hills you will need to help the dogs by pushing the sled uphill and be able to balance adequately to manage the sled brake on the descent. This six day trip is non technical and includes a full rest day at Clearwater Mountain Lodge.
No previous mushing experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know to feel comfortable and equipped for your days on the trail. That being said, dog mushing is a physical activity...from harnessing dogs to standing on the sled all day, you will need to be reasonably able-bodied in order to fully enjoy this experience.
In order to safely enjoy this trip you must be able to:
✔️ Lift 50 lbs.
✔️ Endure hard falls onto ice or hard-packed snow.
✔️ Get dragged while holding onto sled handlebars (hard on shoulders).
✔️ You must be able to squat to go to the bathroom outside.
✔️ You must be able to balance on one foot for a minimum of 5-10 seconds.
✔️ You must be able to climb stairs quickly and easily.
✔️ You must be able to jump up from a prone position on the ground and in deep snow off-piste (i.e. a snow burpee)
✔️ Be capable of walking or hiking on steep and uneven terrain for up to 4 hours.
✔️ Be prepared to wrangle strong sled dogs (hard on wrists, hands, and shoulders).
✔️ Be prepared to be exposed to cold, wet, windy and otherwise adverse weather conditions sometimes found in higher latitudes.
If you are over the age of 65, we require a medical clearance from your doctor. (Click here to see our medical form.)
You do not need previous experience with cold-weather climates, but you will need to equip yourself with a proper set of winter base layers in order to ensure your comfort and safety. Even though it is spring in Alaska, weather and temperatures can still be harsh and unpredictable. We will provide you with a list of suggested & required gear -- your comfort is our utmost concern! Check out our packing list here.